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Uphold Me That I May Be Safe

October 7, 2019


Uphold Me That I May Be Safe

In many different ways  throughout God’s word,  we are told  that it is God who keeps us safe.      He is the only one  who is able  to watch over us  and protect us  unto eternal life.      As we face all sorts of temptations,  God is the one  who is able to uphold us  and strengthen us,  so that we aren’t caught  in the world’s deceitful ways.      The Bible gives us  all sorts of examples  of God’s protective care,  so that we will learn  to trust Him  in every situation.

If we think  we can handle life  all by ourselves,  without God’s protection,  we are asking for trouble,  because that is like  refusing God’s  almighty love and care.      The psalmist realized this  as he wrote Psalm 119:116-117,

Sustain me  according to Thy word,  that I may live;
And do not let me be ashamed  of my hope.
Uphold me  that I may be safe,
That I may have regard  for Thy statutes continually,
Thou hast rejected all those  who wander  from Thy statutes,
For their deceitfulness  is useless.

The psalmist is remembering  that all who reject God’s way of living  will be rejected by God.      They may try  to be deceitful  and pretentious  in giving lip service  to the Lord,  but God knows what is in every heart and mind.      He knows our every intention.

This psalmist realizes  that if he tries to get through this life  by his own strength,  he will be leaving himself  wide open  to all sorts of deceptions and misleadings.      It won’t be long  before he will be wandering  far away from God’s ways  —  and he won’t even be aware of it.

Knowing that only God  can truly keep him safe  in the true faith,  he prays,  Uphold me that I may be safe,  that I may have regard  for Thy statutes continually.”      None of us  can have respect for God’s statutes  by our own strength or righteousness.      If we honestly want to stay  in God’s protective care,  we must ask our Lord and Savior  to uphold us  in His truths.

In Deuteronomy 31:6,  and many other places,  God promises  His protective care  to all who put their faith in Him.      In Deuteronomy,  He said,

Be strong  and courageous,  do not be afraid  or tremble at them,  for the LORD your God  is the one who goes with you.      He will not fail you  or forsake you.

When God makes a promise,  He keeps it.      So,  let us not be afraid,  but trust in our Lord  to uphold us  and keep us safe  in His truths.      He will keep us safe as we put our trust  and faith  in Him.      Safe in God’s truths,  we won’t ever have to be ashamed  of our hope.

Depending on God’s eternal word,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord,  You have proven Your trustworthiness  in Your eternal  word.      You have kept all of Your promises of a Savior  in the minutest detail.      We know that only You  can keep us safe  in Your truths.”



A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


Pray for our country.


This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1


How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12






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